Travel Spain Sets New Tourism Record

21:16  11 january  2018
21:16  11 january  2018 Source:   TravelPulse

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Tourist numbers were up 4.4 percent on last year, as experts predict another record -breaking year for Spain ’s tourism industry. More than 60.8 million tourists decided to spend their holidays in Spain between January and October 2015, according to new figures.

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According to Reuters.com, tourism officials in Spain revealed Wednesday the number of international visitors arriving in the country climbed 8.9 percent to 82 million tourists last year.

If the preliminary data is confirmed, the record-breaking numbers would make Spain the world’s second most visited country after only France. The tourism numbers would also push the United States to third place.

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Spanish tourism is having a very good year indeed. Source: Shutterstock. Spanish Tourism in Numbers. Last year, some 68 million tourists visited Spain and figures are expected to exceed 70 million in 2016.

The number of foreign visitors was up 7.3 percent over the figure for the same time in 2013, when the country set a new record for tourist arrivals, the tourism ministry said. Tourism is a main pillar of Spain 's economy, struggling to gain strength after a decade-long property boom collapsed in 2008

In terms of tourist spending, the government also revealed the numbers rose 12.4 percent as compared to the 2016 totals. Tourism now accounts for roughly 11 percent of the Spanish economy.

Tourists from Britain remained Spain’s largest group of visitors by nationality, accounting for 18 million tourists last year.

Catalonia faced adversity in 2017 with two terrorist attacks, police violence and mass protests, but the region remained Spain’s most visited. Tourism to Barcelona dropped due to the political unrest, but it rebounded over the last two months.

One reason behind the tourism boom has been the rise of web platforms like Airbnb, which rent out homes to international travelers, but many locals in destinations such as Barcelona, Palma de Majorca and San Sebastian are complaining about the rentals.

Tourism experts expect the boom in Spain to continue over the next several years due to the improved economies in many countries across the world and an increase of flights to Spanish destinations.

“Spanish tourist businesses expect a 5.6 percent growth in their income and 5.3 percent growth in their profits in 2018,” tourism association Exceltur vice-president Jose Luis Zoreda told Reuters.

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